NYC sued by Tobacco companies for posters


I think most of you will agree that cigarette smoking is injurious to health. New York City has been a target of cigarette companies, firstly imposed heavy sales tax on cigarette and now for mandatory graphic anti smoking banners required by places that sell cigarettes.

New York has taken a tough action against tobacco, in December 2009 and became the first U.S. city to require stores:

  •  1. To post 4-square-foot warnings showing the physical effects (diseased lungs, brains and teeth) of smoking near tobacco displays or smaller ones at each register.
  • 2. Non-compliance could result in fines up to $2,000.

A few retailers and the nation’s three big tobacco companies — Lorillard, R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris — sued the city to stop the posters. The city agreed to stop enforcing its law until Jan. 1 or 14 days after a judge’s order, whichever comes first.  The hearing is scheduled for 14 October in court of Manhattan. 

Tobacco companies are arguing that:

  • New York doesn’t have the authority to require the posters.
  • Steve Callahan, spokesman for Altria, Philip Morris’ parent company said that “The federal government has the exclusive jurisdiction over the content of these warnings.

Food and Drug...

Administration (FDA) has tightened its belt with respect to tobacco’s health risk. Posters are one of the tolls that falls in lines of FDA’s requirement that smokeless tobacco products, such as snuff and chewing tobacco, made after June 22 carry larger warning labels, and cigarettes will get the same treatment by September 2012.

Why is some convenient stores part of law suit with tobacco companies?
Jim Calvin, of the New York Association of Convenience Stores, acknowledged that “These gruesome signs were chasing customers away” who wanted to buy other items, such as milk.

On the other hand some convenience stores have acknowledged that posters like diseased lungs have changed habit of some customers to buy chewing tobacco instead of cigarettes.

Cigarette smoking can induce lung cancer and heart diseases, which are a burden to healthcare system.  What would be the best method to get people off the tobacco; I would let you decide that.

Source: usatoday

One Response

  1. Hey! Thanks for the nice post, very informative.

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